Golden State Warriors fans heard some good news earlier this week when superstar guard Stephen Curry explained he was “very optimistic” he could make it into Saturday’s Game 1 of the Premier League Conference playoff series. West against the Denver Nuggets.
Golden State has since offered even more optimism regarding Curry’s status for this contest.
According to ESPN’s Kendra Andrews, the Warriors are grading Curry as “likely” for Saturday’s game. Additionally, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr told reporters that he and his team “expect” the two-time regular season MVP to be available.
“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Kerr said.
According to the NBA’s website’s Mark Medina, Curry missed the final 12 games of the regular season due to a ligament sprain and a bone bruise in his left foot that he suffered since March 16.
Spectators shouldn’t expect to see Curry push himself to the limit if he’s on the court on Saturday, as Kerr admitted the 34-year-old will start the playoffs with a minutes restriction.
“We plan to play him if all goes well,” Kerr remarked. “We’ll take it slowly from there.”
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Monday.